Wayne Hemingway, founder of fashion label Red or Dead, is excited by the giant steps being made in low- and mid-priced domestic housing. Last year, he designed a scheme of 688 homes for Wimpey in Gateshead after publicly criticising the UK mass housing market. Here he picks his three favourite European schemes.
'Sporenberg in Amsterdam is a wonderful development of 1,000 or so properties that has been inventive with inexpensive and traditional materials - brick and cedar. (Pictured is Claus en Kaan's scheme there. ) Some streets have uniformity but prove uniformity does not have to mean rabbit hutches with a Ford Mondeo and a wooden wheelbarrow with pansies outside.'
The city of Malmo is his second choice. 'If you are an architect or planner and didn't visit the 'BO 01'exhibition, then you are not doing your job properly. You can still visit the area around the dock of Malmo and see wonderful ideas for how to make residential environments communityfriendly and visually stimulating.'
Third, he chooses Ijburg in Amsterdam: 'While only at the stage of landworks and piling, this enormous project on a reclaimed island promises to set a new world benchmark. The plans, models and CAD illustrations are wonderful and well worth the 30-minute cycle ride from Central Station to the nice-looking visitor centre.'
Wayne Hemingway is DJ-ing at the V&A 'Late View' tomorrow evening from 6.30 until 10pm as part of Architecture Week